TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian) appeared in two football postseason all-star games following the Fightin' Engineer 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship season.
Griffing represented Rose-Hulman in the All-American Bowl at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis on Dec. 28. He competed in a game that included NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA players from around the nation.
In the contest, Griffing started at defensive end and was also the long snapper for punts and field goal attempts. He snagged his first college interception and amassed six tackles with two sacks in the contest. The interception was also the second-to-last interception snagged in the Metrodome, that was permanently closed following the weekend.
The All American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give athletes the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all-star game setting. More than two dozen previous participants in the All-American Bowl have gone to careers in the National Football League.
Earlier this postseason, Griffing competed with teammate Eric Schaible in the DIII Senior Classic in Salem, Virginia. He led the South Team with six tackles in a narrow 10-7 loss in the contest.
Griffing earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and 2013, and was named a Beyond Sports Network preseason All-American this season. He tallied 52 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks and two blocked kicks this season to lead the Fightin' Engineer defensive line.
The mechanical engineering major completed his Rose-Hulman career with 140 tackles, 44.5 tackles-for-loss and ranks third in school history with 20.5 sacks.
Griffing's efforts helped Rose-Hulman earn its first conference championship in football since 1988 this fall. The Fightin' Engineers finished 7-3 and earned a share of the HCAC title at 7-1 in league play.